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Criminal Justice in Japan

Japan is routinely recognized as one of the safest countries in the world. This course will explore both the criminal justice system and the culture of Japan that contribute to that recognition.

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Summer 2023 Deadline: February 10, 2023 (CLOSED)

This program will not be offered in 2024

Program Details

  • Length: ~4 weeks (May through early June; See Academic Calendar)
  • Credits: 6
  • Location(s): Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Housing: JCMU Residence Hall
  • Eligibility: Min. GPA of 2.5 (cumulative); Completion of at least two semesters of college-level undergraduate enrollment before participation (see Eligibility page for more details)
  • Prerequisites: None - Open to all majors; No Japanese language study required

Program Description

  • (3 credits) Criminal Justice Keystone Course: Subject to availability, the program will visit various criminal justice entities, including policing organizations, courts, a prison, and a juvenile detention center. The class will also visit an elementary school to explore the Japanese education system and its relation to social control and culture.
  • (3 credits) Japanese Culture & Society Course: This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities.

Program Costs

Review the Know Your Costs page for more details about the billable and estimated out-of-pocket costs listed below. Information about JCMU-specific and external funding opportunities can be found on our Scholarships page

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Summer 2023

  • Program & Housing Fee (tuition, course materials, health insurance, housing): 

Out-of-Pocket Costs (estimated)

  • Airfare: $2,800
  • Food: $850
  • Additional Costs: $300
  • Ground Transportation: $250